Smyths toy stores warn Irish parents of shortages this Christmas

Smyths Toys Ireland has issued a warning to parents ahead of the busy Christmas season.

Due to global concerns about the availability of shipping containers, the toy store has advised parents to start Christmas shopping earlier this year to avoid disappointment.

In a statement, Smyths said, “It’s always a good idea to avoid disappointments and shop early.

“Although there are not enough toys, we will be in good stock by the end of Christmas on most toys. “

Since it’s only October, many people will be putting off their Christmas thoughts until at least after their Halloween celebrations, but that might not be possible this year.

In a statement released last month, the toy store said, “It’s especially important to shop early in the year, as global shipping and container shortages cause supply problems in many. aspects of our life.

People line up outside the Smyths toy store on Jervis Street, Dublin.

The store encouraged its customers to call into the store to pick up their free catalog to make these key giveaway decisions.

This Christmas, it is expected that the best-selling toys will be influenced by new movies and TV series such as PAW Patrol.

Other lines to watch out for include Coco Melon, Super Mario, Barbie, and Bluey.

Smyths aren’t the only retailers experiencing shortages this holiday season, as stores like Ikea and Penneys have also said they will be in short supply.

Ikea has warned its Irish customers that issues with their supply chain are affecting the delivery of some of their most popular products, with up to 10% of products unavailable.

Penneys is also still awaiting delivery of some of its fall and winter stock due to freight and port disruptions.

A spokeswoman for Penneys told the Irish Mirror: “We are experiencing delays in handing over some fall / winter stocks due to disruptions in port freight and containers.

“These delays are expected to reduce inventory at the end of the year by around £ 200million compared to expectations with a corresponding increase in available cash.”